Rapid PCR test for hard-to-diagnose parasites

Horiba UK Veterinary has added an Encephalitozoon cuniculi test to its in-house PCR range of rapid veterinary diagnostic tests for the Pockit Central analyzer. It said this would expand the number of available tests to approaching 200, which already includes viruses, bacteria, parasites and protozoa for companion animals and farm species. Mammal infections I cut … Read more

Study heralds thermal image device success in detecting dairy cattle lameness

A study led by an RVC undergraduate has found low-cost thermal imaging devices could be as effective in detecting lameness in dairy cattle when compared with more expensive devices. The study, published in Veterinary Scienceshighlighted the effectiveness of cheaper infrared thermal imaging devices in identifying the condition, and could lead to even wider use of … Read more

Examination Room: Caitrina Oakes

Q Could you tell us a little bit about what your role as managing director entails and some of its key responsibilities? or In a nutshell, I’m responsible for leading the Vetoquinol business in the UK and Ireland. We’re a global organization that has existed for a long time – coming up to 90 years. … Read more

VMG confirms dates for 2023 congress

The VMG – the body that represents veterinary sector leaders and managers – has announced the dates for its 2023 congress. VMG Congress will take place at the Crowne Plaza, Stratford-upon-Avon on June 8 and 9, and the group says it plans to offer an innovative and practical program for delegates. Liz Somerville, VMG director. … Read more

sponsored Spotlight on Vets4Pets Handforth

RVN Tyler Allion (left) and pet Hannah Redhead (right) at Vets4Pets Handforth. In July 2021, Vets4Pets opened a new practice in Handforth, Cheshire, complete with a highly skilled team of vets, experienced nurses and dedicated pet health advisors, as well as a modern surgery and state-of-the-art equipment. Over the past 12 months, they have supported … Read more

Southfields opens new £16m animal hospital

A specialist referral center in Essex has opened the doors of its new £16 million animal hospital – believed to be one of the largest in Europe. Southfields Veterinary Specialists’ new purpose-built Basildon referral center covers 42,000 sq ft and a recruitment drive is now underway to double the size of the team at the … Read more

Welsh farm project leads the way in addressing AMR

Embracing technology is critical to cutting the use of antibiotics in farming and potentially raising the industry’s productivity, a group of vets and producers has said. Twelve farms across Wales are taking part in the latest phase of the Arwain DGC project, which aims to highlight ways of preventing antimicrobial resistance (AMR) as “proof of … Read more

IVC Evidence hails AI ‘revolution’ in radiology analysis

IVC Evidensia has announced plans to roll out new radiology technology, which it said can help vets give diagnoses in minutes instead of days, to its UK practices. The system, developed by the American firm SignalPET, sends x-rays through an AI algorithm to obtain almost instant results, instead of requiring specialist analysis. Bosses said the … Read more

BEVA and horse bodies monitoring equine flu vaccine supply issues

BEVA and equine sector representative bodies have joined forces to monitor the potential impact of a shortage of doses of equine influenza vaccines. The vet association along with British Equestrian and the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) have noted minor interruptions to the supply of vaccines in 2022, but a pan-European logistical problem being experienced by … Read more

‘Embrace’ remote prescribing or sector at ‘risk’

Vets must be trusted to use their judgment to deliver the most appropriate care for animals, owners and themselves, a telemedicine company has warned. Vet-Al, which offers virtual services through the Joii Pet Care app, has backed reforms that would relax the current rules on remote prescribing. The comments came as the company claimed a … Read more